Donald & Ruth Garvie

The opportunity to work in a theological college convinced Donald of the great potential of good theological education in Africa.

Donald and Ruth were sent to serve in Nigeria in 2013. They have been supporting the Nigerian church in the work of theological education -- training pastors to serve the people of God.

In their first term they worked with the United Evangelical Church at Peter Achimugu College of Theology in Ankpa, Kogi State. Donald was the college librarian and also taught some classes. Ruth has been homeschooling their three children -- Samuel (born 2008), Beth (born 2010), and Matthew (born 2012) -- and supporting the wider work of Mission Africa. In their second term they are being sent to support the work of Jos ECWA Theological Seminary.

Donald grew up in a Christian family in the Scottish Highlands. He began trusting in Jesus Christ at an early age. In 1997 he went to study at the University of Aberdeen where he met Ruth. Following studies in history Donald spent a year studying at Highland Theological College in Dingwall.

Ruth also grew up in a Christian home and has been following the Lord Jesus since childhood. She 
lived first in North Belfast and later in County Tyrone. In 1998 she went to the University of Aberdeen to study geography.

Donald and Ruth got married in 2002 and together have been seeking opportunities to serve the worldwide church.

Donald continued with theological studies at Aberdeen and graduated with an MTh in church history in 2006. He then completed a postgraduate diploma in librarianship at Robert Gordon University.
Ruth served as a relay worker with UCCF for a year. She then studied for a postgraduate qualification in primary teaching and taught at a primary school in the northeast of Scotland for three years.

In 2007 they moved to Northern Ireland where Donald took up employment in the library of Union Theological College. They settled in the fellowship of Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor. It is a church which had encouraged them to seek opportunities in missionary service and has supported them in their work in Nigeria.

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